K-Heart Sports – 12/09/23


MINOT, ND – Friday’s scores from the area:
High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
#2 Fargo Davies def. Bismarck High, 67-51
#4 Bismarck Legacy def. Moorhead MN, 64-28
#5 Bismarck Century def. Campbell County WY, 55-37
West Fargo Horace def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 65-55
Williston def. Fargo South, 65-58
Dickinson def. Grand Forks Central, 54-48
Jamestown def. West Fargo, 69-59
Class B
Nedrose Tournament
Surrey def. North Prairie, 61-50

High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
#2 Fargo Davies def. Bismarck High, 102-75
#4 Bismarck Century def. Campbell County WY, 70-48
Grand Forks Central def. Dickinson, 76-66
Fargo South def. Williston, 84-59
West Fargo Horace def. Bismarck Century, 60-56
Bismarck Legacy def. Moorhead MN, 80-73
West Fargo def. Jamestown, 93-88
Class A
#1 Devils Lake def. Bottineau, 85-47
Turtle Mountain def. Minot North, 58-51
Class B
T-G-U def. North Prairie, 60-48

High School Girls Hockey
Jamestown def. Minot High, 1-0
Grand Forks def. Dickinson, 3-0
Mandan def. Devils Lake, 6-2
Fargo North-South def. Bismarck High-Legacy, 6-1
Fargo Davies def. Williston, 3-2 OT
West Fargo United def. Bismarck Century, 7-0
High School Girls Gymnastics
Bismarck Invite
1. Dickinson, 147.625
2. Minot High, 135.125
3. Bismarck Century, 134.650
4. Bismarck Legacy, 123.000
5. Fargo, 110.925
6. Northwest Stars, 87.100
7. Bismarck High, 86.000
All-Around Winner: Elizabeth Karsky of Dickinson, 37.600

High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Minot High def. Mandan, 136-49

High School Boys Wrestling
Kenmare Invitational
1. Northern Lights, 161
2. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 156.5
3. Stanley, 138
4. Rugby, 73
5. Velva, 42.5
6. New Town, 24
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State men’s hockey picked up right where they left off to put on another excellent showing for the hometown fans. The Beavers took on Midland in the second game of another back-to-back and came out victorious once more. Just like last night, the No. 2 Beavers (16-4-0) took control of the game and never looked back as they completed the series sweep with a 7-1 win over Midland University (9-12-1). Minot State immediately went to work, sparing hardly any time before the first goal came around. The Beavers would open the game with seven unanswered goals, including four in the first period and three in the second. Midland picked up one goal themselves on a perfect shot, but the damage was already done, and Minot State put all doubts to rest quickly.
The Beavers scored as early as 13 seconds into the match. Not even two minutes later, they would do it again as things were trending upward for Minot instantly. Four goals made up within the first seven minutes of action. Period two was more of the same, with two goals coming in at the 25-second mark and at 1:08. The scoring ended just over halfway through the middle frame, as the Beavers got to seven before Midland struck once. Both teams will meet again in Fremont, Nebraska on January 19 and 20 in the new year.
For the second night in a row, the Beavers had seven different goal scorers as it was almost a carbon copy compared to the game before. Reece Henry kicked off the scoring for the Beavers very early in the first period. Colby Joseph grabbed his eighth of the year, along with Brayden Pawluk scoring again on the power play. A nice shot from the point by Logan Rands finds a way in traffic as he was able to tally his first goal of the season. Moving into the second, the leading goal scorer Reid Arnold did it again with his 12th followed by Sheldin Howard getting his fourth. Both Arnold and Howard’s goals were power play markers to go with Pawluk’s in the first. Another goal by a defenseman was scored when Christian Kadolph collected his fifth of the year. No goals were scored in the final period of regulation as the scoreboard remained the same. Kadolph also added two assists to go along with his goal. Another top performance was completed by Joey Moffatt. He was a passing machine with three assists on the night. Jake Anthony returned to the crease as starting netminder, making 14 saves on 15 total shots by Midland.
The Beavers won with ease over the Midland Warriors and collected another weekend sweep. It was Minot State’s 10th win versus Midland since affiliation started with MSU Athletics.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State women’s hockey collected their fifth win in a row, but not without a valiant effort from the other side. The Beavers were back in Jamestown to face the Jimmies for the third time in less than a month and came away with the win to open the series. It turned out to be a good game in the first period, with plenty of action on display. The No. 8 Beavers (10-9-0) tallied two goals early and late in the first to come away with a 2-1 lead after Jamestown (9-7-0) capitalized on a power play opportunity. The second period was a different story, as the Beavers broke through on three more goals to bring the total to five. Momentum shifted quickly though, as Jamestown netted two more to cut the lead down to two heading into crunch time. The Beavers settled things down to fend off the Jimmies’ comeback efforts, winning by a final of 5-3. Both teams will meet for the fourth time this season at Wilson Arena. Puck drop is at 2:00 p.m. today.
Gracie Perry got things started for the Beavers with her second goal of the season within the first five minutes of the first period. Paige Kozak not only scored towards the end of the first period, but she quickly got the ball rolling again in the second period with another tally to mark her fourth and fifth goals of the year. Paige Ackerman made it 4-1 midway through the second, followed by Kaitlyn Snyder’s third of the year on a power play to wrap up the Beaver scoring. Makenna Beard and Riley Ball were dishing the puck all night. Beard recorded three helpers, while Ball had two in the middle frame. Snyder also added a helper to make it two points for her on the night. Morgan Baker was called upon to start again, making 22 saves on 25 shots for the Beavers. In a game of momentum swings, the Beavers found a way to close out the game in winning fashion. It was their 10th victory of the season, and the win puts them above .500 for the first time all year. Minot State remains perfect against Jamestown this season, with a 3-0-0 record in all three tries. It also marks their 12th victory all-time against the Jimmies.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – Colorado College rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 1 North Dakota, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night from Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Noah Laba buried the overtime winner just 35 seconds into the extra session to snap a 15-game unbeaten streak for the Tigers (8-6-1, 3-4-0 NCHC) against UND (12-4-1, 5-2-0 NCHC) and earn the extra point in the NCHC standings on his second goal of the evening. The Fighting Hawks suffer their second straight loss in overtime and drop back-to-back games for the first time this season, but still remain unbeaten in regulation since Nov. 3, a stretch of 10 straight contests, to sit second in the league standings with 17 points.
Kaidan Mbereko was the top star of the night for both teams, stopping 32 of the 34 shots thrown his way in his first start at the Ralph. The sophomore was at his best in the final 20 minutes, as UND finished the frame with an 11-0 shot advantage, but the game remained tied at 2-2 to take the contest into overtime. As has been the case all season, North Dakota started strong and jumped out to the early lead just 7:28 into the opening period. Dylan James took control of a loose puck in the neutral zone before racing by his defender and snapping a shot past Mbereko to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. James kept his strong play going in the middle stanza, winning another race to the puck and feathering a perfect pass to Louis Jamernik V for his fourth tally of the season and a 2-0 UND lead near the midway point of the game. CC started to climb back, however, with Laba trimming the deficit to 2-1 before Max Burkholder wired home a power play goal in the final minute of the period to send the teams to the locker room tied at 2-2 after two. The third period was all UND, accounting for all 11 shots on goal, but Mbereko kept the game level with multiple saves on grade-A chances, including a breakaway chance from James and a near-late strike from Riese Gaber in the closing minutes to send the game to overtime. UND won the initial draw in the OT period, but a turnover allowed for Laba to skate nearly coast-to-coast and tuck a shot through the arms of goaltender Ludvig Persson to secure the 3-2 win for the Tigers. North Dakota will aim for its second straight four-point weekend tonight at 6:07 p.m. from the Ralph.
DES MOINES, Iowa (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team dropped a 77-66 decision at Drake on Friday afternoon in front of 6,424 fans at Knapp Center. After trailing 34-27 at halftime, NDSU (4-5) fought back in the third frame putting together nine straight points to cut the deficit down to five, 43-38, after Heaven Hamling delivered a layup in the paint at the 5:28 mark. Drake (6-3) responded with a 7-0 run of their own close the frame and make the score 57-44 after three quarters of play. The Bulldogs, who scored 54 points in the paint, then began the fourth quarter growing their largest lead of the contest, 71-53, after Taylor McAulay netted a fastbreak layup with 5:19 to play. The Bison made one final push after Elle Evans knocked down a three-pointer and Hamling added a layup to make the score 71-58 with 4:30 remaining. NDSU wasn’t able to trim the deficit down any further and dropped the contest, 77-66. Hamling reached double digits in scoring for the eighth straight game with a team-best 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. She also posted a game-high four steals and hauled in two rebounds. Evans recorded double digits in scoring for the fifth straight game with 10 points and five rebounds. As a team, NDSU shot 47.5 percent (28-59) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-11) from the free throw line. The Bison had 10 players reach the scoring column with the bench scoring 20 points. NDSU will continue its road swing at Iowa State on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – North Dakota State (10-3) is on the road again this week for a Missouri Valley Football Conference rematch with No. 3 seed South Dakota (10-2) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Game time is 1:30 p.m. today at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The game will be televised nationally on ABC. USD snapped a six-game losing streak to the Bison and spoiled NDSU’s homecoming with a 24-19 win in the Fargodome on Sept. 30. North Dakota State is 7-1 in FCS playoff rematches with regular-season opponents. This is NDSU’s 51st game in the FCS playoffs, but only the fifth true road game for the Bison excluding 10 national championship game appearances in Frisco, Texas. Last week offensive lineman Hunter Poncius blocked Montana State’s point-after-touchdown kick to give North Dakota State at 35-34 overtime road win in the second round. South Dakota scored a 34-24 win at home against Sacramento State last Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 16 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks and the NBA-leading Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-103 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. Mike Conley added 19 points and seven assists to help Minnesota improve to 17-4. Gobert had 20 rebounds for the second straight game. Troy Brown Jr., who replaced the injured Anthony Edwards early in the game, scored 20 points, connecting on 8 of 10 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Edwards, Minnesota’s leading scorer at 25.7 points a game, left four minutes in because of right hip pointer and didn’t return. Edwards missed two recent games with the same injury. Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 21 points. Desmond Bane added 16, and David Roddy had 13. The Grizzlies are without star guard Ja Morant while he serves a 25-game suspension to start the season. He was penalized for a second online video showing him flashing a handgun. Despite converting only 6 of 21 3-pointers in the half, Minnesota carried a 60-55 lead at the break. The Timberwolves would stretched the advantage to double-digits behind Brown’s 11 quick points in the third period, part of Minnesota outscoring Memphis 38-24 in the period. The Timberwolves next play at New Orleans on Monday night.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Evan Bouchard had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Friday night for their sixth straight win. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had four assists as for the Oilers, who have won nine of 12. Stuart Skinner had 17 saves. Matt Boldy had a goal and an assist, and Joel Eriksson Ek and Connor Dewar also scored as the Wild lost their second straight following a four-game win streak. Marcus Johansson and Brock Faber each had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 36 saves. The Wild play at Seattle on Sunday in the finale of a four-game trip.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Hicks took a blow to the shin during a routine tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of a game last month and figured he just had a deep bruise. After returning to action, the ninth-year veteran linebacker began to realize after halftime his right leg was growing weaker. He nearly rolled his ankle while trying to make a cut because his strength was so sapped, prompting him to seek attention on the sideline again. Once Hicks made it to the training room, with the adrenaline worn off, he spiraled into a cauldron of searing pain that forced him to curl up in the fetal position unable to focus on anything but breathing. “It is the deepest, darkest ache you can probably imagine,” Hicks said.
The team’s medical staff diagnosed him with compartment syndrome, a freak buildup of pressure in and around the muscles caused by internal bleeding or swollen tissues that can cause severe damage or even death if left untreated. So Hicks had to be rushed to a hospital immediately after that game on Nov. 12 against New Orleans and within 15 minutes of his arrival was in emergency surgery. Doctors left his leg cut open for four days to achieve full healing. He now has a thick scar about a foot long running down his right leg. After a couple of weeks of mostly resting on the couch, he’s been aggressively trying to restore his strength and conditioning. But Hicks said he’s “pretty optimistic” about being able to return to the field this season as long as the rehabilitation process stays on track. “It was obviously a scary situation. I didn’t realize how bad it could’ve been. I’m thankful for the training staff, for the doctors, for everybody on the sideline making the quick decision to get me to the hospital,” Hicks said Thursday in his first interview with reporters since the injury. “I heard the doctor say, ‘It’s a good thing we got you in because you could’ve lost your leg.’”
Hicks was placed on injured reserve three weeks ago. The Vikings (6-6) have five games left in their push for a spot in the playoffs in the crowded NFC wild-card race. The defense has performed well without him, but having the leader of the huddle back in the middle of the field would go a long way toward helping maintain the standard that has been set over the past two months. Before the injury, Hicks was enjoying one of his finest seasons in the NFL with 87 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and his first career touchdown on a return of a fumble recovery. “We’re trying to see how much it can handle. We don’t want to push it too far and have it swell up or anything like that. So each day, there’s a process to it,” Hicks said, adding: “Once we’re all comfortable where I’m at, it’s go time.”

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